Charlotte is a freelance writer and stylist living in London. Do also have a look at her Fashion Blog at www.fashionfetishism.com
Published August 22nd 2012
Attractions seen - and now where to shop?
There you are, you've seen all the main attractions, been to all the museums and now you just want to roam around London's best shopping centers for your well deserved afternoon tea and maybe one or the other lovely piece to take home with. Where should you go to? Which shopping center in London is best? There is no easy or accurate answer to these questions, it ultimately depends what you're looking for, and because we don't want you to look too long but rather get out there and enjoy your stay in London, well, here's the list. The 5 top shopping centers in London and why they're top.
Harrods is a no-brainer for most people coming to London. It offers a vast amount of goods for anyone wishing to take home a piece of Britain for their living room, think Union Jack cushions and tea mugs. Setting these playful items aside, it also offers luxury clothing brands for her and him, accessories, gadgets and everything else the heart yearns for. A must walk through for anyone on a short trip to London, especially during christmas time.
2. Fortnum and Mason
My personal tip for a great afternoon tea after some strolling along Oxford street. Fortnum and Mason is similar to Harrods in that it also sells classical luxury items and is as impressively decorated as Harrods, yet it boasts a more whimsical style.
The whole interior is kept very old fashioned and the costumer feels set back in time looking at mountains of candy, variations of tea and cakes. This place is perfect for children, or anyone with a sweet tooth. I'd advise to arrive a bit earlier, before one wishes to enjoy scones, tea or champagne, as normally there's a queue of people waiting to be seated. And don't forget to bring a hamper home.
Westfield is the perfect place to go to for a full day shopping experience. A bit outside, around 20mins travel from the center of London, Westfield offers everything the heart wants. A true shopping city, even. With opening hours until 10pm, a Vue cinema, several restaurants, supermarkets, and most shops, that can be found sprinkled around the city, in one place, it is the best surrounding for a calm sunday, maybe ending in a lovely cinema movie with the partner or the family.
The luxury shopping place in London. Set in one of the most expensive areas of London, Knightsbridge and surrounded by boutique shops such as Chanel or Balenciaga, Harvey Nichols is the place to go to spoil oneself. With a considerable budget there is nothing that has made its appearance in any of the top fashion magazines which cannot be found at Harvey Nichols; and even without said budget it is well worth indulging in the luxury and to simply window shop through this haute couture heaven.
If you're looking for young London and international designers, then you're at the right place at Selfridges. Almost all of the designers that recently emerged and are on the verge of becoming famous can be found here, together, hanging on the rails in Selfridges. Some even have their own window installations in collaborations with modern artists, which are worth a visit on their own. For the younger crowd and for the ones who wish to be on the pulse of time, this is definitely where it's at.